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The King of the Ferret Leggers and Other True Stories collects journalist Donald Katz's most fascinating profiles of people whose lives tell us something about business, adventure, sports, politics, culture, and in a brilliant, ancillary way, ourselves.

Katz's opening story and the title piece of the book offers a hilarious yet appropriately reverential look at 72-year old Reg Mellor, unparalleled "ferret legging" champion of Yorkshire and the world. Other characters who populate this book include fitness guru Jack LaLanne, legendary entrepreneur Paul Hawken, and master political cartoonist and inspired troublemaker Bill Mauldin.

While this collection contains portraits that are varied in scene and tone, their depictions of obsession, delusion, perseverance, creativity, and good-heartedness - the list could go on and on - remain a constant. Each of these stories conveys a sense of the strangeness, wonder, and oddity of life - a theme that provides a gravitational center to this multifarious selection drawn from 20 years of an award-winning nonfiction storyteller's body of work.

©2001 Donald Katz (P)2021 Audible, Inc.

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  • Miranda Norman
  • 10-01-22

Inaccurate about Ferrets

I was so offended by this book I couldn't keep listening past the first story. Ferrets aren't brutal or cruel, they can be very loving and sweet creatures. I have four and they have never attacked me except in mutual play. They have never ever attacked me in any other way, even when trimming their nails, which they hate. They are very playful and inquisitive and intelligent beings. Like us, they are mammals and like to groom each other and even me and my SO sometimes and cuddle when sleepy. The author needs to do some research on ferrets before condemning them and spreading misinformation.